EcoHealth Alliance Announces Election of Two New Members to its Board of Directors

NEW YORK – June 30, 2014

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the election of Ms. Margaret Loeb and Mr. Calvin Schmidt to its Board of Directors.  With over 40 years of innovative science-based research, EcoHealth Alliance continues to be a leading environmental health organization with superior guidance from a diverse, multi-disciplinary Board of Directors.  EcoHealth Alliance’s Board of Directors provide strategic direction for the organization as well as ensure its financial health and sustainability.

Newly elected member of the EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors, Margaret Loeb is President and CEO of Loeb Consulting Network, Inc.  As founding CEO, Margaret counsels senior executives at Fortune 100 and leading professional services firms on a range of communications, influencing, and change management issues.  She specializes in designing and leading communications programs to address crisis situations or to support transformational change, including new corporate strategies, organizational restructurings, and M&A integrations. Margaret also counsels CEOs and other senior executives on leadership communication programs, particularly during crises or major corporate or organizational transitions, and has authored multiple articles on these topics. In addition to this work, Margaret and her team design and lead capability-building programs in a range of communication disciplines, and provide one-on-one coaching to senior executives.

Prior to launching Loeb Consulting Network, Inc., Margaret worked at McKinsey & Company for 24 years, ultimately leading the U.S. and Northeast office Client Communications function. She remains a Senior Advisor to the firm, and provides counsel on communication issues to McKinsey clients, engagement teams, and leaders of the firm.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Margaret served as the speechwriter to the CEO of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and earlier was a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered mergers and acquisitions, the airline industry, and executive transitions. Her work has been reprinted in major international and national news syndicates, and in The Congressional Record.

In addition to Margaret’s election to the EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northside Center for Child Development, and as an Executive Advisor to Echoing Green, a leading angel investor for social entrepreneurs.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Margaret Loeb and Calvin Schmidt to our Board of Directors, their expertise will help guide the organization and its mission,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance.

Calvin Schmidt is President, Cardiovascular & Metabolism, at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Calvin leads a business that is making a significant difference for patients suffering from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.  In addition, Calvin has responsibility for the strategic management of the Puerto Rico commercial unit for the Janssen portfolio of products and is a member of the company’s North America Leadership Team.

Prior to assuming this role, Calvin was Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources, for the Johnson & Johnson Group of Consumer Companies, a member of the Consumer Group Operating Committee, and a member of the Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Human Resources Executive Committee.  In this capacity, Calvin built on his demonstrated track record of driving business success through engaging and developing exceptional, diverse teams.  He improved the Consumer Group global leadership and talent pipeline and built engagement through focus on talent development.

Previously, Calvin was the first President of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company founded in 2008, leading a team focused on delivering an integrated and comprehensive set of products and services to help organizations prevent chronic disease and sustain good health for their employees and members.  Earlier in his Johnson & Johnson career, Calvin served as General Manager of the Johnson & Johnson Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company and Global Vice President, Marketing and Sales for McNeil Nutritionals.  Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Calvin was with Mars, Inc. for nearly 15 years, holding leadership positions of increasing responsibility in operations, R&D, product development, marketing and general management.  As General Manager for Mars in Southeast Asia for five years, he gained extensive international experience and was responsible for the startup of commercial business units in Vietnam and Thailand.

Calvin holds a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health.  Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives.


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